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Dollar Dash: A Four-Player Free-for-All Coming to PS3 This Winter

Andreas Hackel's Avatar + Posted by Andreas Hackel on Nov 15, 2012 // Art Director, Candygun

Dollar Dash on PS3
Late last year, we were gathering ideas and prototypes in preparation of creating our next game. There was one idea we really liked: A fast-paced multiplayer sneaking game about a group of safe-breakers that sneak past cameras, laser barriers, and guards to pull off the ultimate heist.

In our earliest prototype, the goal of the four players was to pick locks and break walls in order to reach the vault and grab all the money inside before one of the other players could. There was one element in this early prototype that was really fun: You could set up bear traps that would snare other players, slowing them down and causing the guards to catch them. Around the same time, we were also playing a lot of Bomberman in the office. And its brand of pick-up-and-play fun and multiplayer battles was something we wanted in our game, too.

Dollar Dash on PS3Dollar Dash on PS3

So we decided to re-think the game from scratch, stripping out complicated concepts like guards and surveillance cameras and focusing on one basic idea: thieves stealing money and attacking other players. Enter Dollar Dash!

We knew we wanted an animated look for Dollar Dash, with inspirations including Franco-Belgium comics like Lucky Luke, Bobo, and Carl Bark’s Beagle Boys from the Scrooge McDuck universe. Once we took the focus away from the sneaking to the player vs. player battles we also looked at Spy vs. Spy, which is a great reference for cartoon enemies that lure each other into funny traps.

Dollar Dash on PS3

When it came time to dig deeper into the gameplay, we realized we wanted a faster-paced game with more intense multiplayer moments. The final version of Dollar Dash is a more fluid game with an assortment of ways to attack, defend, and use special items to gather cash quickly or evade opponents. Like all classic four-player games, Dollar Dash is at its best when sitting on couch and competing with friends. Yes, we have drop-in and drop-out online multi-person play, too, but like Fat Princess, GoldenEye or Bomberman, the thrill of sitting next to someone whose loot you have just stolen is kinetic and immediate.

There are several modes: Dollar Dash, Save the Safe, and Hit’n’Run. The ability to customize weapons and items for each map, and learning each map’s strengths and weaknesses, is a big part of the fun. Before each match, players can specify which weapons they want available. So, it is possible to play with atomic bombs only, Cacti only, a mix of short, medium, and long-range weapons, or even no weapons at all! In between levels, players can spend their hard-earned cash to buy weapon upgrades in the Shop.

Dollar Dash on PS3Dollar Dash on PS3

As we began honing in on the exact things that made the game work, our team began establishing tactics – like collecting only a half bag of money to keep our speed high – and polishing the game’s various weapons. Special items are temporary, and appear all around the map. One example: picking up sneakers gives players a speed boost for a short time — especially handy when you have a full bag of cash. In the end, we created 20 different weapons to work with, and 30 maps for Dollar Dash’s release this winter.

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+ kaythanksbye2 on November 15th, 2012 at 9:05 am said:

This seems like a natural fit for the Vita. Cross-play?


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+ kivi95 on November 15th, 2012 at 9:14 am said:

Yeah this looks like it would play great on psvita!


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+ IcedDice777 on November 15th, 2012 at 9:24 am said:

This sounds and looks fun! Another great couch game for my collection. SOLD!


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    + Andreas Hackel on November 15th, 2012 at 12:28 pm said:

    Hi IcedDice777,

    This is great to hear!
    We really find it a great wind down after a hard days work ;)
    More so with 3 other friends :)


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+ Tekn0tize on November 15th, 2012 at 9:34 am said:

This game looks exciting. So glad we’re getting more than just CoD type FPSs! :) Back to the old school!


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    + Andreas Hackel on November 15th, 2012 at 12:29 pm said:

    Hi Tekn0tize,

    We grew up with Retro games, it makes us nostalgic :)


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+ jhernandez360 on November 15th, 2012 at 9:52 am said:

If it comes to the Vita ill buy!


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+ GhostMachine1 on November 15th, 2012 at 9:53 am said:

I’m intrigued.


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+ Ryumoau on November 15th, 2012 at 9:54 am said:

How much will this be?


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+ PainOfSarrow on November 15th, 2012 at 10:02 am said:

FREE For ALL ? kooool thanks for the free game how awsomeee.


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+ DZORMAGEN on November 15th, 2012 at 10:08 am said:

@8 PainOfSarrow

LOL…….

This looks interesting, I wish there was a video to go along with the screen shots.

I would also love it if this were a PS3-PS Vita Cross Play game….


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+ EP-Dragon on November 15th, 2012 at 10:17 am said:

Is this a PSN exclusive?


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    + Andreas Hackel on November 15th, 2012 at 12:31 pm said:

    Hi EP-Dragon,

    It is on PSN, but it is not exclusive to PSN.
    Hope that helps :)


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+ TwinDad on November 15th, 2012 at 1:24 pm said:

Was this game at PAX PRime? I thought I played this at one of the booths. Fun game.


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+ shb23 on November 15th, 2012 at 3:37 pm said:

Looks fun, I echo the Vita compatability sentiments, I would def buy it.


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+ LilBayArea on November 15th, 2012 at 6:08 pm said:

Looks like a game that should be a native to the ps vita…. Cross buy, cross play support ???


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+ tusunami on November 15th, 2012 at 7:45 pm said:

This is definitely a game I’ll keep my eye on, a very intriguing game indeed.


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+ WhiteF8ng on November 15th, 2012 at 8:40 pm said:

Liking it, liking it…


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+ Bcrazyman on November 16th, 2012 at 7:33 am said:

hey? any word on price?
also any word on a release date?
ps+ discount?
need to know thanks!


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+ PrimeroIncognito on November 17th, 2012 at 10:44 am said:

If you guys would play it on Vita, why wouldn’t you also play it on PS3?

Bigger screen… easier to see things…

I’m bewildered when people say things like, “I’d play this on my Vita, but I probably wouldn’t like it on my 50″ HDTV.”

?


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+ DJNorthSky on November 18th, 2012 at 4:51 am said:

Hey Prime, it’s a 55″ HDTV! But in all seriousness, its not the size of the screen that i think about. It always comes down to, “do i want this game to be portable or not?” games like Ratchet and Clank, or Sly Cooper, that is the question I’m asking. With this release around the holidays, I’d look for portable rather than large screen. Easier to tug around a Vita than a PS3.


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+ PrimeroIncognito on November 19th, 2012 at 3:08 pm said:

@DJNorthSky

Even though I still don’t have a Vita, I’m all for portability, playing games on the go, and I agree with other users that many PSN games would be a perfect fit for the Vita. I think the cross-buy, cross-save, and cross-play features that certain titles have are absolutely awesome and provide exceptional value for the investment.

I’m only referring to the comments I’ve seen that explicitly state that they would NOT be interested in a certain game AT ALL on the console, instead only on the portable. That’s what I don’t understand. Why not both?


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